A New Jersey police officer has been charged with trying to lure a 15-year-old girl to meet for sex in online chats he had with an undercover detective posing as the teen, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.
Ridgewood police officer Peter Tuchol Jr., 28, was arrested Monday at his home in Waldwick and charged with luring, attempted sexual assault, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and three drug charges related to the possession of anabolic steroids, Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said in a statement.
Beginning on Thursday, members of the Cyber Crimes Unit and Task Force had online conversations with Tuchol, who believed he was talking to a 15-year-old, Calo said.
Detectives went to Tuchol’s home in Waldwick with a warrant on Monday after Tuchol arranged a meeting with the fictional teen, Calo said. At the home, they seized the steroids and hypodermic needles, Calo said.
Tuchol, who earned an annual salary of $64,000 as a Ridgewood officer, is in the Bergen County jail pending a first court appearance in Hackensack.